Zero Carbon Australia

Beyond Zero Emissions is developing a detailed, costed blueprint for the transition to a completely decarbonised Australian economy within a decade. The Zero Carbon Australia Project (ZCA2020) will consist of 6 transition plans covering the 6 sectors of energy, buildings, transport, land use, industrial processes and coal exports.

Stationary Energy Plan

• Demonstrates that 100% renewable energy is achievable and affordable

• Designs a fully costed and detailed system of concentrated solar thermal plants and large scale wind farms

• Proves that with commercially available and proven technologies renewable energy can power Australia within 10 years

• Launched in June 2010

• Sample media coverage and full list of endorsements attached

Download the Stationary Energy Plan (8.4MB). Telephone (03) 9415 1301 to purchase hard copies.

Download the 16 pg synopsis (2MB)

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Download the 6 pg preview executive summary

Read what the experts are saying about the plan

Read the Frequently Asked Questions

Download the NSW-specific report

Download a poster summarising the plan

Buildings Plan

• Technically detailed and fully costed roadmap to achieving zero emissions buildings within a decade

• World class research in energy efficiency retrofits, onsite renewable energy generation and new buildings standards

• 120 research volunteers currently engaged, including industry participation

• Launched in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane in August/September 2013, Newcastle launch in November 2013.

Download the PDF from the links in the left hand sidebar of this page or purchase a full colour printed and bound hard copy by contacting the BZE office in your state. 

Land Use, Forestry and Agricultural Plan

• Reducing agricultural emissions to zero and maximising carbon sequestration through best practice land use

• Areas currently being researched include bio-sequestration, bioenergy, forests management and agricultural systems • 50 research volunteers currently engaged

• Estimated launch date: Early 2014

Transport Plan

• Will design a zero emissions transport system

• Solutions including fast rail between state capitals, light rail in metropolitan areas, electric vehicles, freight transportation and biofuels

• 70 research volunteers currently engaged

• Estimated launch date: 2014

Renewable Energy Superpower

• A vision for the Australian economy to become a renewable energy economy

• Will provide an alternative to Australia’s fossil fuel exports

• Estimated launch date: 2015

Industrial Processes

• Zero emissions alternatives to the resource intensive industries of steel, aluminium and iron

• Estimated launch date: 2016



What is the Zero Carbon Australia Project?

The Zero Carbon Australia Project (ZCA2020) is an initiative of Beyond Zero Emissions and the University of Melbourne's Energy Research Institute and is supported by Climate Emergency Network, (CEN), Climate Positive and many, generous Australians from all walks of life.

It is a project to develop a blueprint for the transition to a decarbonised Australian economy within a decade.

The Project draws on the enormous wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise in the community to develop a blueprint for transitioning Australia to a zero carbon future. Individuals with expertise, knowledge and experience in relevant areas can work within a structured process to contribute to the transition plan.

Why do we need it?

The latest and most credible science tells us that such a transition is necessary to maintain a safe climate.

The guiding principles of
Zero Carbon Australia include:

*Australia's energy is provided entirely from renewable sources at the end of the transition period.

*All technological solutions employed are from proven, reliable technology which is commercially available.

*The security and reliability of Australia's energy supply is maintained or enhanced by the transition.

*Food and water security are maintained or enhanced by the transition.

*Australians continue to enjoy a high standard of living.

*Social equity is maintained or enhanced by the transition.

*Other environmental indices are maintained or enhanced by the transition.

Would you like to contribute?

Those wishing to contribute to the project can become a part of one of these working groups, or be part of the support team in different capacities working towards development and promotion of the final report. It is a not for profit project, therefore all contributions are made on a volunteer basis.

The Buildings, Transport and Land Use projects are currently underway.

Please fill out the volunteer form

Please forward the form to anyone else you feel may be interested!

Enquiries from individuals, groups or associations are welcomed. Contact us here

Zero Carbon Australia Presentations

Overview of the Stationary Energy Sector Plan given by Patrick Hearps in January 2011 click here to view (slides and audio).

Presentation of the latest Results of the Zero Carbon Australia Project presented by Patrick Hearps to the Australian Academy of Science's Second Earth Systems Outlook Conference in Canberra 2012. Click here for the audio, video and separate slideshow which contains a brief summary of the Stationary Energy Plan and the latest findings of the Buildings, Transport and Land Use

Zero Carbon Buildings, presented by Richard Denby for the Beyond Zero Emissions Discussion Group in September 2009, click here to download (8.0 MB). The Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Sector Plan is being worked on currently.



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